Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his Quantico training when he and his partner, Mike Caine, are called to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street.
Their investigation, however, yields more questions than answers. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, John Pearce, was more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he appeared to be. What Drummond doesn’t know is that buying and selling rare books was Pearce’s cover, and that he had devoted his life to discovering the whereabouts of a missing World War I U-boat concealing a stash of gold bullion, and an unexpected surprise that only raises more questions. When Drummond and Caine find both of Pearce’s adult children have disappeared, the case assumes a new sense of urgency. The FBI agents know their best lead lies in the victim’s cryptic final words—“The key is in the lock.” But what key? What lock?
The search for Adam and Sophia Pearce takes them on an international manhunt, which threatens to run them afoul of an eccentric billionaire industrialist with his own plans not only for the lost gold, but the creation of a weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen.
What I liked: I feel this collaborative effort by Ms Coulter and Ms Ellison is a bit edgier than Ms Coulter's FBI series and I like it! The main characters aren't sharing the spotlight with a story within a story. I wasn't sure I was going to like the main character, Nicholas Drummond but with The Lost Key, I like him more than I did in the previous book. I love "Mike". Her character is well written so far and I can't wait to get more of her back story.
I also liked the Nicholas/Mike relationship. There's something there but just alluded to and still hasn't coalesced into anything other than thoughts at this point. Caring and touches but nothing else.
The premise of the story seems a bit far-fetched but I just let it play out and enjoyed the research that went into the story. The pacing of the book is good and the characters interesting and as I'm a war history buff so everything moved along very well for me.
What I didn't like: For some reason while reading The Lost Key, the conversations between the characters felt a bit off. I can't quite put my finger on it but it seemed stilted or overdone or something. I'm not quite sure but several places in the story, I thought, really...that's how people talk??
Now, I'm really interested to see where this series will be going. Yep, Ms Coulter and Ms Ellison have my attention, at least for now.